• June
  • 21
  • 2022
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Safety in aviation is always a top priority. There are many ways to approach this important task, with the first line of defense being a keen and constant personal awareness of one’s habits, health, skill, and environment. But even under the best conditions, sometimes there are still various factors that...


  • June
  • 14
  • 2022
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

In 1911, John Scott Haldane came up with the idea to use canaries as carbon monoxide detectors for miners. They decided upon that particular sentinel species as it was believed to be more sensitive to the colorless, odorless gas and could, therefore, serve as an early indicator to help save...


  • June
  • 07
  • 2022
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Several recent security incidents highlight the need for business aviation and FBOs to properly prepare and follow facility security procedures while aircraft are on the ground. In May 2021, a pilot found a 19-year-old man passed out inside a Citation jet with a rifle. The pilot removed the Ruger AR-15,...


  • May
  • 24
  • 2022
  • Dave Smith

Who do you call when you have an issue when flying? I would wager that most corporate and charter pilots tend to think of the standard CRM team: the other pilot, the Cabin crew (if on board), and Air Traffic Control. After attending the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in...


  • May
  • 10
  • 2022
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Jet fuel prices have soared to an all-time high with yet another 0.2 percent increase and the eighth straight increase this year. The latest increase comes on the heels of the steepest hike ever of 18.3 percent effected on March 16 and a 2 percent increase on April 1—and no,...


  • April
  • 26
  • 2022
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

On December 15, 2021, a Gulfstream GIV with six passengers and three crewmembers took off from Santo Domingo's Isabela airport headed for Orlando. In a matter of 15 minutes, all aboard the aircraft would perish as the jet attempted to make an emergency landing at the nearby Las Americas International...


  • April
  • 19
  • 2022
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

On April 1, 2022, it certainly was no joke when pilots on a flight from Salt Lake City to Washington, D.C. diverted the flight to Denver after the cockpit windshield shattered above 30,000 feet. Passengers recount the crew explaining the rare occurrence and the need to divert to Denver for...


  • April
  • 12
  • 2022
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

If you ask anyone outside of the aviation community to define business aviation, you will likely get a variety of answers. Until recently, the general public's perception of business aviation has been simply a mode of transportation for executives, wealthy entrepreneurs, or celebrities from the music, sports, or motion picture...


  • March
  • 29
  • 2022
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

The 20th Edition of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) brings about some changes, one of which is the new requirement to conduct initial and recurrent Human Factors training for all personnel involved in the safe operation of an aircraft. This training was previously only a recommended practice...


  • March
  • 15
  • 2022
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Over the last two years, we've all become accustomed to changing or shifting rules in many aspects of our lives. We've all had to remain flexible and diligent in knowing and following the latest guidance and rules across the board to ensure the safety of not only ourselves, but others...


  • March
  • 01
  • 2022
  • Dave Smith

Even though 9/11 was two over decades ago, the prospect of getting intercepted tends to get some pilots excited. The FAA has multiple sources on its website, and the subject is covered in the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) and is in two Advanced Aircrew Academy eLearning modules. Why all the...


  • February
  • 16
  • 2022
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Runway Excursions continue to be the #1 incident type in business aviation with 34 runway excursions in the United States in 2021. This is a 35% increase in excursions over 2020. January and August each had 5 excursions. Light jets (less than 21,000 pounds) continue to have the majority of...


  • February
  • 09
  • 2022
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Whether you love it or hate it, social media plays a large part in many of our social and professional lives. Any quick search will reveal numerous stories either hailing success or reporting disastrous backlash from the posts and presence of pilots and aircrew alike. For every feel well-intentioned and...


  • February
  • 01
  • 2022
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

It's time to update your Operations Manual for US DOT Chart 17 Hazardous Materials Markings, Labeling and Placarding Guide. You can download the chart here. If you use Advanced Aircrew Academy for training, your training has been updated. DOT Chart 17 is a reference aid to help pilots and ground...


  • January
  • 20
  • 2022
  • Dave Smith

Undoubtedly, you've seen the headlines about the ongoing spat between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over the effect of 5G Wireless on flight operations. If you were too busy completing your Advanced Aircrew Academy training modules or getting last-minute presents, here's a quick recap....


  • November
  • 10
  • 2021
  • Erika Armstrong

Advanced Aircrew Academy has received several calls inquiring about the obligation of Part 91 vs Part 135 flight departments to participate in the Pilot Records Database (PRD), so we'll sum up what we know. Part 91 Operators If you have two or more type‑rated aircraft (or two turbine powered rotorcraft),...


  • October
  • 28
  • 2021
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Despite COVID, you can't convince me to peel my nose off the passenger window of the airliner as we approach POWDR at FL230 on the arrival to Denver. The awe of the view of the fresh coat of snow on Mount Sherman still shadowing the Leadville airport (KLXV) distracts me...


  • October
  • 21
  • 2021
  • Dan Boedigheimer

Sometimes it is what you don't see on an instrument approach chart that tells a story. In previous articles, we have brought up that the absence of the text "Grooved" by a runway description is the indication the runway will be slippery when wet. If rain is in the forecast,...


  • August
  • 10
  • 2021
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

International Procedures training is a shared international headache for flight departments. Trying to determine what recurrent training topics you need and when is confusing for both new and seasoned flight department training managers, especially since it's not specifically defined by the FAA. If you're operating Part 135, just take a...


  • August
  • 03
  • 2021
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

The seat belt sign is off and business aviation has been facilitating travel to over 5000 airports around the country in 2021. International travel has been slower to rebound since the global COVID-19 pandemic, but that is changing. In the last month, Advanced Aircrew Academy has seen a significant increase...


  • April
  • 26
  • 2021
  • Erika Armstrong

Every professional pilot routinely has their integrity tested, whether they realize it or not. It is not necessarily following the rules that gives you integrity; it is the reflexive thought process when applying the rules to any given situation. Some pilots constantly ride the edge of the regulations but can...


  • April
  • 15
  • 2021
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

"One fear to rule them all, one fear to find them, one fear to bring them all and in the black box bind them" - J.R.R. Tolkien You might have thought Tolkien was referring to the FAA, but the fear that rules them all is the fear of the unknown....


  • March
  • 02
  • 2021
  • Erika Armstrong

You can spend millions on the most sophisticated business jet in the world, but it is only as safe as your pilot's decisions. Making the conscious effort to skimp on pilot training is like putting lipstick on a pig; it's a futile effort to disguise a fundamental failing. When it...


  • January
  • 25
  • 2021
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

Pilots have a thread of adventure that connects heart to brain to soul. That thread creates a Bermuda Triangle of income, stability, and calm (in that it all disappears), but it also manifests into an independent personality. Pilots tend to be self-powered, self-guided, and see the world through the eyes...


  • January
  • 15
  • 2021
  • Advanced Aircrew Academy

With the reduction in overall business aviation flying in 2020, we expected to see a decrease in the number of runway excursions. For years we have consistently seen on average a business aviation runway excursion every two weeks in the United States. With a Hawker 800XP runway excursion in Farmingdale,...



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